With the Glazers currently in the spotlight, Michael Knighton is interested in MANCHESTER UNITED.
Michael Knighton, who came close to purchasing Manchester United from the Glazers in 1989, is interested in purchasing the Red Devils from the Glazers. While Americans do not intend to sell right now, there are five reasons why they should reconsider. Express Sport will now look at what might tempt the Glazers to finally leave Old Trafford after 17 years of contentious rule.
The Glazers paid £790 million to acquire Manchester United in 2005.
Back in 2005, the Glazers purchased United by paying £790million to acquire the club.
Initially, things went well. With Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm, the club knocked Chelsea off their perch and won five Premier League titles before Scot’s retirement in 2013.
United have won just three trophies since, however, with the club now a shadow of what it used to be.
However, the Glazers can still make a profit if they decide to walk away.
They’d save more money
If the Glazers stay on at United, they’ll face having to spend more money than normal in order to turn the club around.
Obviously, the squad needs major surgery. Whether that’s this summer or in the coming years, it’s an area to be addressed.
And then there’s the small matter of redeveloping Old Trafford to modernize the grand, famous stadium as well.
All of these things will cost the Glazers and, given United’s poor form in recent years, it may even involve them dipping into some of their own funds – with the moths likely to fly out of the wallet.
There’s nothing to indicate that, after 17 years, the Glazers care enough to tackle the biggest issues at play.
Nobody likes them
Well, not everybody. We’re sure those close to the Glazers would have only positive things to say.
But they are unpopular and even that word is an understatement.
Even when United was winning trophies, fans called on the Americans to go. In recent years, and particularly after the failed European Super League plot, things have only got worse.
Legends such as Gary Neville, Roy Keane, and Paul Scholes have all fired shots at Joel and Avram Glazer in recent years.
And with the club worsening, criticism is expected to heighten…
Things could turn nastier
Linked to the previous point, things could yet turn nastier.
United have played one and lost one so far this season and have landed just three players, despite Ralf Rangnick previously claiming they need as many as 10.
Fans protested before Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Brighton.
And things are unlikely to change. Should results worsen, so too will the actions of fans away from the pitch.
They’ve already got one game called off before and, such is their devotion, a repeat of those antics can’t be ruled out as tempers rise.
It’s the best thing to do
The Glazers insist on their good intentions.
So the honorable thing to do would be to leave the club in better hands.
Yes, they’ve splurged. However, the majority of the funds are generated by United, with little of their own money spent on bringing the club up to standard.
In stark contrast, the owners of Manchester City and Chelsea fund their transfer business.
United requires its own wealthy owner, one who cares enough to attend every game and demonstrate their commitment to the cause.